First Line Fridays: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sara Pekkanen #firstlinefridays #tarheelreader #thranonymous @sarahpekkanen @greerkh @stmartinspress #bookbestiesananonymousgirl #ananonymousgirl

Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader


TGIF, everyone! First Line Fridays is a fun way to share from books on your TBR.

Today my first line is from a book I am starting this weekend (absolutely cannot wait!!!!):

You’re invited: Seeking women aged 18 to 32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality conducted by a preeminent NYC psychiatrist. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. Call for more details.

I’m a huge fan of these two authors! Their first book, The Wife Between Us, was a favorite of mine last year, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating this one! I cannot even begin to describe my excitement over this book! I’m buddy reading this, and I’ll be sharing some thoughts…on my birthday next week! So stay tuned!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a…

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Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin


Image result for the immortalistsThe premise of this book is amazing. It’s 1969 and 4 siblings go see a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell people when they will die, right down to the age and exact date. With this information – Daniel, Varya, Klara and Simon- go ahead and live their lives with this information with Varya the only one who shares her age. They live their lives not knowing whether it was living out a destiny or a self-fulfilling prophecy. The book follows the life of each sibling and gives more insight into how they live.

With such a captivating cover, I feel like I saw this book everywhere and I had high hopes for this but unfortunately, this book was a let down. It had my interest in the beginning and I was curious to see how they would go ahead with life having an alleged expiration date…

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California has about 668 species of birds. The Holler, and nearby environs alone, account for approximately 500 of them.

The Holler is ‘for the birds,’ including these amazing oystercatchers, which I rarely see.

Little Blue Herons can be found near the coast, and are seen less often, closer to The Holler.

Majestic Great Blue Herons are common.

They sometimes show up at our front door!

Sandhill Cranes stand over four feet tall and are further afield.

They winter at The Salton Sea.

Snowy Egrets are everywhere. This guy was near the coast.

His green crab lunch was a bit hard to swallow!

Cheers to you from The Holler’s wonderful waders~

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8 Books I Want to Read in 2018

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eight books I want to read in 2018

This are a few books that have been on my tbr for a while and that I want to read before 2018 ends. Here they are:

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

This is the book that has been on my Goodreads tbr shelf for the longest time, I have heard great things and I think it’s finally time to read it.

1984 by George Orwell

I tried to read this once, I read the first few pages and decided that I wasn’t in the mood to read it. BUT since then I bought a copy of the book (before it was a library book) and my boyfriend read it before I did, he really liked it and I promised that I would read it so we can discuss it. This needs to happen really soon!

The Diviners by Libba Bray

This book has been on my tbr…

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Review: God of War by J.M. Barlog

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“When fear seizes you, Atreus, that is the moment you must become fearless.”


I was given this book by Titan Booksin exchange of an honest review.

I am a gamer and love playing games for their stories. God of War has been on my to-play list ever since the fourth game was announced, only to find out that it is Playstation only (I am a PC gamer). A bummer, but that makes this novelization of God of War 4 even better for me to experience the story.

Going in this book, I knew next to nothing about Kratos, the God of War. I knew he’s a Spartan god, son of Zeus, and at the time of this book he has been living in Norway for some time. But it really hasn’t been a problem while reading this. The events of this book aren’t related to anything…

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Weekend Weathervanes: Soldier Taking a Knee

Everyone Has a Story

Now I know what to do with those photos – “thanks” to Heather Wilkinson Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy; she blogs Weekly Wednesday Weathervanes  in New Hampshire.  Please check out her page and enjoy the many unusual weathervane photos and be entertained with a history lesson. It’s amazing at what you can encounter in your travels – You Just Need To Look Up!

Weekend Weathervanes

Soldier Taking a Knee

While stopping for coffee in Newtown, CT. this weathervane caught my eye… coffee had to wait, as I quickly exited the car for photos! This one was perfect to save for a special day, and I’ve chosen Dec. 7th, 2018… a day we think back on all our men and women who lost their life at Pearl Harbor! More than 2,300 Americans lost their life that day, while many more were injured…  we will never forget! President Franklin Roosevelt called December…

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2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists

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The 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists were announced today.


Flames by Robbie Arnott (Text Publishing), see my review
Ironbark by Jay Carmichael (Scribe Publications)
The Fireflies of Autumn: And Other Tales of San Ginese by Moreno Giovannoni (Black Inc. Books) see my review
The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones (Text Publishing)
Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (University of Queensland Press) see my review
The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida (Faber & Faber)

No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani (Picador Australia)
Staying: A Memoir by Jessie Cole (Text Publishing)
The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire by Chloe Hooper (Penguin Random House Australia) see my review
Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)
Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic (Penguin Random House Australia) see my review
Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin (Brow Books)

The Almighty Sometimes by…

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